Love of dance for Miss Mavis

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 January 2012

Mavis James was passionate about dance and ran her own school, the Mavedon Dance School.

Mavis James was passionate about dance and ran her own school, the Mavedon Dance School.

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ONE of Weston's best-loved dance teachers has died at the age of 103 and is now remembered by hundreds of pupils which she inspired.

Mavis James, known to many as Miss Mavis, was born in Bristol and set up the Mavedon Dance School in Walliscote Grove Road, Weston, in the 1930s along with her sister Doreen.

With Mavis at the head of the class teaching young girls points and plies along with manners and discipline, her sister made all of the costumes for the dance school’s performances.

Having never been married, the love of her life was dance and Mavis took on a lot of the entertainment in the town before and after the war, up until the 1980s when she retired.

Mavis was involved in shows and pantomimes with the Royal British Legion, George Hay, George Bosley and the Bunny and Lisa Baron pantomimes. She also organised the cabarets for some of the past Mayor’s Balls along with many other civic occasions.

She taught pupils from Australia and Canada and many went on to become teachers of dance also.

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